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      Batya Medad made aliya from New York to Israel in 1970 and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Recently she began organizing women's visits to Tel Shiloh for Psalms and prayers. (For more information, please email her.)  Batya is a newspaper and magazine columnist, a veteran jblogger and recently stopped EFL teaching.  She's also a wife, mother, grandmother, photographer and HolyLand hitchhiker, always seeing things from her own very unique perspective. For more of Batya's writings and photos, check out:

      Shiloh Musings



      Av 3, 5768, 8/4/2008

      The Power of Chana

      In the Days of the Shoftim, the Judges, it took a woman, Chana, to bring order.  She prayed to G-d in Shiloh for a son who would change the direction of Jewish History.


      Her son Shmuel annointed our first two kings.  When Saul failed in the task demanded by G-d, for being a pc centrist, Shmuel looked for a replacement who was as different as different could be.  Saul was tall and impressive-looking, raised to inherit the manor.  David was small, with red hair and unforgettable eyes, the son sent out to work.


      So was Shmuel.  His mother raised him with a strong work ethic, and at the youngest age, he was apprenticed to Eli the Priest in Shiloh.  It's not easy for a mother to leave a young child in the hands of others, but Chana knew that her son had a job to do.


      And now we have a job to do, too. We pray for a new Shmuel to save our nation and bring it strong Jewish Leadership. Today I was among a group of women at Tel Shiloh.  All of us from different backgrounds, but we feel the power of Shiloh, the same power that Chana felt thousands of years ago.

      This coming Wednesday, there will be a demonstration in Paris Square, Jerusalem, 10am, demanding that Olmert Resign Now, immediately and an end to the games our leaders and politicians keep playing. 

      Tammuz 29, 5768, 8/1/2008

      We Need A Samuel The Prophet NOW!

      We'll be there this Monday, the 3rd of Av, August 4, 9:45am.
      In Biblical Days, Shiloh was the central city, because the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, rested there, here. It was the time of the Judges, when everyone did what they thought was right in their own eyes, or like what kids say today:
      מה שבא לי
      Ma shebah li
      What I feel like doing
      It took a strong, righteous woman, Chana, to pray to G-d in Shiloh, for a son who would bring some order to the Hebrew Nation. She didn't want a child for her own maternal urges. G-d gave her the son she had prayed for, and when that son was old enough, she brought him back to Shiloh to be trained by Eli, the Priest.
      It was Shmuel (Samuel) who anointed Saul, the first king. And when Saul proved unfit for the job, Shmuel searched the nation for David, of the tribe of Judah. We needed a Judah, fearless before the Egyptian officer when protecting his youngest brother.
      So we've been going to Tel Shiloh to pray, just like Chana did.

      We'll be there this Monday, the 3rd of Av, August 4, 9:45am. Women's prayers, mothers' prayers, just like Chana. And G-d willing, we'll be successful. Join us.

      For more information call the Tourist Office of Tel Shiloh, 02-994-4019. There is, also, a Coffee Shop--Gallery. Snacks, photos, art work and souvenirs are for sale. Meals for groups can be arranged.

      Tammuz 28, 5768, 7/31/2008

      Don't Get So Excited! There's A Trick

      Yes, There's Always a Trick!

      Olmert's too smart to just fade away.  And he hasn't resigned.  He's just planning on resigning.  At least that's
      All this excitement over his "resignation plans" reminds me of the people spending their winnings before the money's in their hands.
      what he says.  I'll believe it when I see it.

      I'm ready for a new protest movement:

      The law is very complicated. 

      Background: Basic Law and Resignation of Prime Minister
      Dr. Aaron Lerner IMRA 30 July 2008

      While Prime Minister Olmert clearly stated that he would resign after the
      election of a new Kadima head in the upcoming Kadima primaries, Israel Radio
      has been broadcasting the following clarification in its hourly news
      bulletins starting with the 9 PM news:

      "Our state affairs correspondent Shmuel Tal clarifies that the person who is
      elected to head Kadima will be asked to form a government and until he
      succeeds in doing it Olmert will continue to serve as prime minister. If
      the new chairman of Kadima fails to form a government Olmert will serve as
      prime minister until after the coming general elections." click for complete article

      All this excitement over his "resignation plans" reminds me of the people spending their winnings before the money's in their hands.  Ehud Olmert has not yet resigned.

      The Kadima Party, full of egotistical opportunists all running to grab "the ring."  Actually, one very astute member of its leadership has been very quiet.  You always see him loyally at Olmert's side.  I wouldn't be surprised if when the dust settles after an inconclusive Kadima Primary, Tzachi Hanegbi will suddenly appear looking very mature and competant.

      It breaks my heart to think that Geula Cohen's son is Ehud Olmert's protege`, but it seems pretty obvious.

      Don't Get So Excited! There's A Trick

      I'm a CPA's daughter and a lawyer's mother;  I'm very grounded and pragmatic.  As far as I'm concerned, until Ehud Olmert actually hands in a letter of resignation and the "cancellation" time is up, he hasn't resigned, and I'm not celebrating.  So far, like his dramatic announcement of Prostate Cancer, which never needed treatment, this resignation is just a smoke screen.

      Tammuz 24, 5768, 7/27/2008

      No Need To Reinvent The Wheel

      I don't have time to write as fully and completely as I would wish about this important topic.
      Why does the Left manage to promote their causes so efficiently?

      The Left knows how to plan activities, lobby etc. We, on the Right, are just a bunch of bumbling amateurs.

      I've become so frustrated at how badly we handle things. There are time-proven techniques. Why don't we utilize them? Why don't we teach them to our grassroots organizations?

      The New Israel Fund, the veteran Left-Wing umbrella organization, has Shatil. Shatil supports and trains community activists of various organization. Most are Left-wing and others are non-political.

      I attended some of Shatil's sessions a number a years ago when I was working with a non-political organization.

      I recently offered to help out the Hatikvah Party, but the professors running it totally snubbed me. There's another group I'd like to help. I have to contact them. I certainly don't know everything, but I do know that "we don't have to reinvent the wheel."

      We'd be much better off following "how to succeed" techniques than our consistently unsuccessful guesswork.

      Tammuz 22, 5768, 7/25/2008

      The Best Defense is Offense

      Being polite when insulted, turning the other cheek and all that-- must cease!  When we're insulted, patronized, threatened, lied about etc we have to start telling those immoral, hypocritical, anti-Jewish Rights bullies to stop and watch out.  Generally, I avoid reading left-wing dribble, but yesterday I came across a NY Times op-ed which got me going, and here's what I wrote:

      That's Not "Love" Buster

      What makes this NY Times writer, NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF, such an expert in Israel, history and civil rights? His op-ed, Tough Love for Israel? is an outrageous mish-mash of pseudo-facts, distortions and ignorance.

      The Jewish Nation has a well-documented history thousands of years old, and the United States is barely a pisher, just over two hundred years old.
      Today we may appear weak and leaderless, but like our ancient king, our strength will revive

      Don't talk tough love to me, Kristof! Respect your elders. I don't need to hear your chutzpadik demands. Of all the nerve to instruct American politicians to tell us not to build and develop our country. Don't you dare compare Christian and Muslim history in the HolyLand to our Jewish History.

      We Jews have existed long before those two other religions, both of which tried to usurp our forefathers, history and Land.

      Don't let our tired Prime Minister fool you. He's not the real power. The Israeli people are, and we're not tired, not at all. We'll surprise you.

      We'll surprise you and the world, just like King David did when he seemed definitely on his deathbed, oblivious to everything. Suddenly his beloved Batsheva walked in, the woman for whom he risked his throne. She told him that one of his older sons had proclaimed himself king, as if King David was already dead. But, she reminded him: "You promised me that our son, Shlomo (Solomon), would succeed you as king."

      All of a sudden, King David came back to life and instructed her, his staff and son Shlomo exactly what to do. And Shlomo haMelech, King Solomon ruled.

      Remember that the Moshiach, Messiah is descended from King David. Today we may appear weak and leaderless, but like our ancient king, our strength will revive, so stop talking about us and to us like we're an unruly child.

      The Jewish People has existed thousands of years before America, and we'll be around thousands of years after you're history.